2021 Academy Awards: “Nomadland” Crowned as the Big Winner

Producers Peter Spears (from left), Frances McDormand, Chloe Zhao, Mollye Asher and Dan Janvey, winners of the award for best picture for
Producers Peter Spears (from left), Frances McDormand, Chloe Zhao, Mollye Asher and Dan Janvey, winners of the award for best picture for "Nomadland" at the Oscars 93rd Annual Academy Awards. Photo by Chris Pizzello/Pool/Shutterstock (11868957kj)

After months of anticipation, the scaled-down Oscar ceremony took place this Sunday night, and it was one to remember. Several major records were set and Nomadland led the way as the biggest winner of the night with a total of three major awards.

In addition to winning the best picture, Nomadland made history in two additional categories. Chloé Zhao became the second woman to win the Oscar for the best director, while Frances McDormand won her third acting Oscar, becoming only the seventh person to do so.

Anthony Hopkins pulled a major upset with The Father, and became the oldest best actor winner, scooping the award from the expected winner Chadwick Boseman. The supporting acting awards were won by Daniel Kaluuya (Judas and the Black Messiah) and Youn Yuh-jung (Minari).

The list of movies to walk away with two awards includes The Father, Judas and the Black Messiah, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Mank, Soul, and Sound of Metal. It was also a big night for Emerald Fennell, who won the best original screenplay award for Promising Young Woman, and Thomas Vinterberg, whose latest project Another Round was crowned as the best international film.

The 93rd Academy Awards took place on April 25th, and the ceremony was aired from Union Station and Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.


Best Picture

Best Actor
Anthony Hopkins – The Father

Best Actress
Frances McDormand – Nomadland

Best Supporting Actor
Daniel Kaluuya – Judas and the Black Messiah

Best Supporting Actress
Yuh-Jung Youn – Minari

Best Director

Chloé Zhao – Nomadland

Best Adapted Screenplay
The Father – Christopher Hampton and Florian Zeller

Best Original Screenplay
Promising Young Woman – Emerald Fennell

Best International Feature Film
Another Round (Denmark)

Best Editing
Sound of Metal – Mikkel E. G. Nielsen

Best Cinematography
Mank – Erik Messerschmidt

Best Original Song
“Fight For You” from Judas and the Black Messiah
Music by H.E.R. and Dernst Emile II; Lyric by H.E.R. and Tiara Thomas

Best Original Score
Soul – Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Jon Batiste

Best Sound
Sound of Metal
Nicolas Becker, Jaime Baksht, Michelle Couttolenc, Carlos Cortés and Phillip Bladh

Best Production Design
Production Design: Donald Graham Burt; Set Decoration: Jan Pascale

Best Costume Design
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom  – Ann Roth

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Sergio Lopez-Rivera, Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson

Best Visual Effects
Andrew Jackson, David Lee, Andrew Lockley and Scott Fisher

Best Documentary Feature
My Octopus Teacher

Best Documentary Short Subject

Best Animated Feature Film
Soul – Pete Docter and Dana Murray

Best Animated Short Film
If Anything Happens I Love You

Best Live Action Short Film
Two Distant Strangers